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Nissan Unshutters its Glow-in-the-Dark LEAF EV

2015 Nissan LEAF
2015 Nissan LEAF

There were already plenty of reasons to love the Nissan LEAF. After all, it’s not the world’s best-selling EV for nothing. But that didn’t stop Nissan from making a totally cool, glow-in-the-dark LEAF model either. In true LEAF fashion, too, the car glows thanks to a secret formula of all-organic materials.

Of course, these organic materials also make the car somewhat impractical from a mass-market standpoint—at least for right now. But, as a Nissan press release noted, if the technology is ever implemented, it will be both valuable and durable. “It contains a very rare natural earth product called Strontium Aluminate, which is solid, odorless, and chemically and biologically inert,” the press release stated. “Nissan’s unique paint, if made commercially available, would last for 25 years.”

We don’t know if we’ll ever see the Nissan LEAF glowing in the dark as a market vehicle, but we can always hope. It’s cool to see the brand offering such innovative technologies, yet finding ways to make those technologies as green as the car’s powertrain. Come see us at Blackburn Nissan to learn more about what Nissan has in store.

Nissan Admits that It’s Preparing a Battery with a 250 Mile EV Range

250 mile ev rangeThe Nissan brand already boasts America’s best-selling EV, the Nissan LEAF, but it’s not content to stop there. A secret recently came to light—Nissan is currently in the process of creating a new battery with a 250 mile EV range. The new battery, if it’s real and successful, will transform the EV market completely—and push Nissan even further into the lead.

“[w]e continue our R&D efforts because we believe that we can do more with battery electric, and very soon take the issue of range off of the table,” said Jeff Kuhlman, Nissan’s head spokesman said. “In other words, cars with a comparable range to today’s petrol vehicles.”

That would indeed be a huge accomplishment. Range is generally the biggest obstacle to converting customers to EV technology—it’s simply not practical for some people, no matter how quickly the cars can be recharged. Hopefully, soon, that objection will be a thing of the past. Come see us at Blackburn Nissan to learn more!

Nissan LEAF Electric Vehicle Sales Sets Record for Second Straight Year

The Nissan Leaf is all about taking life to the next level. Sure, it’s an EV with low emissions and high fuel economy numbers, allowing owners to take their conservation efforts up a notch. But, it’s also much more than just an EV; it’s as reliable and valuable of a model as any of Nissan’s other small car offerings. It all adds up to an unprecedented and unmatched combination of revolutionary technology, practicality, and style.

New car owners have been taking notice, right from the very first moment the Nissan Leaf hit the market. It’s already sold over 142,000 units worldwide, with over 64,000 units sold just in the United States. Last year, the Leaf set a record for most electric vehicle sales in a year. This year, it set that record all over again.

“With nearly 20 electric cars or plug-in hybrid models on the road today, Nissan LEAF remains at the head of the class, outselling the nearest competitor by 50 percent through September,” said Brendan Jones, director of Nissan electric vehicle Sales and Infrastructure. “Since the initial launch in 2010 our primary goal is to bring electric vehicles to the mass market in a practical and fun-to-drive package, and we continue to deliver electric cars to more new buyers than anyone else.”

We’ve still got two months to make many more Nissan Leaf converts, so come see us here at Blackburn Nissan to check out the Leaf and help us push that Nissan Leaf electric vehicle sales record even higher.

Nissan Commissions Reverse Graffiti Mural in London Powered by LEAF

Not many people can make a statement while cleaning walls, but that’s exactly what reverse graffiti founder and artist Moose did when Nissan commissioned him to create a mural in London using power from the Nissan LEAF.

reverse graffiti mural in London
2014 Nissan LEAF

Reverse graffiti is the art of using a jet washer to clean layers of dirt and grime from walls, creating an artistic design. Moose’s mural of the London skyline on a subway wall in Waterloo, London is a clear picture of the damage caused by vehicle exhaust and the power of the zero emissions Nissan LEAF.

“This piece of art is a striking call to action that air quality is one of the biggest issues facing the citizens and visitors of Europe’s largest cities today,” said Jean-Pierre Diernaz, Nissan Europe’s EV director. “It is a reminder that electric vehicles don’t have an exhaust to emit the kind of air pollution which has stained the wall Moose has created his piece on. Working with Moose to highlight the effect of air quality on our cities through a piece of art powered by the Nissan LEAF is an exciting and powerful way of reminding people about the benefits of zero emission vehicles.”

We at Blackburn Nissan are incredibly impressed with the reverse graffiti mural. We’re even more impressed with the positive impact even a single LEAF can have.

LEAF Has an Alter Ego as a Mini Pickup Truck

Nissan has turned its ecofriendly LEAF into a mini pickup truck, and it is sensational! Snipping off basically the entire rear end of the car, the brand added an adjusted Nissan Frontier pickup bed to the back.

mini pickup truck
2014 Nissan LEAF

The revolutionary tiny pickup is named Sparky, which is fitting for a car with so much pizzazz. Unfortunately, it’s not going to be made a part of Nissan’s repertoire, at least not yet. Fox News seems to think that Sparky has a real chance, saying, “The last time a few of (Nissan’s) engineers got crazy and stuffed the twin-turbo all-wheel-drive powertrain from the GT-R into a Juke, it ended up being so popular that they offered a limited run.”  If Sparky had the same option to become available to consumers, there is little doubt that the mini pickup truck would be available for more than just a short time. Better yet, it would be a completely electric truck!

Fingers crossed that Sparky makes it out onto roads in the near future. It could start an era of efficient micro trucks. In the meantime, head on over to Blackburn Nissan and try out some of our familiar, reliable models!

Nissan Celebrates National Drive Electric Week With the LEAF

This week, Nissan is celebrating National Drive Electric Week. Since Nissan is the official sponsor of this week-long event, it can only then therefore be granted that the Nissan LEAF is the unofficially official vehicle of National Drive Electric Week.

Nissan Celebrates National Drive Electric Week
2014 Nissan LEAF

To celebrate, Nissan has not only announced that LEAF sales in the US have crossed the 60,000 mark, but that it has achieved a number of impressive milestones in its journey to make the world a bit cleaner.

“With more than 60,000 U.S. sales and 50 percent market share among pure EVs this year, Nissan is the natural sponsor of National Drive Electric Week,” said Toby Perry, Nissan’s director of Electric Vehicle Marketing. “At events across the country, drivers of Nissan LEAF and other electric cars will get together to spread the word about the benefits of driving electric – lower operating costs, zero tailpipe emissions and they are just fun to drive.”

While Nissan has sold more than 61,000 LEAFs in America, it’s sold more than 135,000 of the little EVs globally. That adds up to more than 646 million miles driven in the US and 1.1 billion miles driven globally without a single drop of gas. The emissions saved thereby adds up to about 190 million kg in the US and 311 million kg globally.

Nissan LEAF sales are up big so far in 2014, and the future only seems to be getting brighter. Want to get in on the action? Stop in and talk to the Blackburn Nissan team about how you can make the switch to all-electric.

Nissan Ranks Fourth Overall in Best Global Green Brands

Best Global Green Brands
2014 Nissan LEAF

Nissan was ranked fourth overall in Interbrand’s annual Best Global Green Brands report, up from fifth last year.

The report identifies the top brands in the world based on sustainability performance as well as consumer perception of green practices.

Thanks to its leadership in electric vehicles, ambitious EV infrastructure plans, and support of sustainability goals of governments, Nissan has climbed 17 positions in the Best Global Green Brands report since 2012.

One of Nissan’s most successful eco-friendly enterprise has been the production of the all-electric LEAF. With more than 120,000 units sold since launch and nearly 50 percent of the global EV market share in 2013, the LEAF is the best-selling electric vehicle in history and responsible for significant fuel saving and emission reductions around the world.

Nissan has also recently launched the e-NV200 all-electric commercial van to help businesses go green and improve their green image.

Learn more about the LEAF and e-NV200 at Blackburn Nissan!

Nissan LEAF Drives 100+ Miles in Extreme Conditions

Nissan LEAF
Nissan LEAF

It’s well known that weather can have a huge effect on the range of your all-electric car, whether it’s bitter cold or scorching heat. How drastic can that change be though? According to FleetCarma, the best possible range of the Nissan LEAF is still over 100 miles, one of the highest in its class.

The data collected, which examines just how well all-electric cars drive in extreme conditions, shows that the LEAF’s average range of 64 miles can be increased to 106 miles, easily out driving the Chevrolet Volt, which received an average range of 26 miles. All you have to do is change a few of your driving habits to increase your LEAF’s range.

In order to increase your Nissan LEAF’s range in extreme weather conditions, utilize your regenerative braking as much as possible on clear roads, ensuring that your battery will keep receiving charges throughout your trip. Also, preheat or cool the cabin before you unplug your vehicle from its charging station. This will ensure you won’t lose your power before setting off on your next adventure!